January 18, 2011

MAF (USA) - Candidacy

Well it's been a wee bit of time since our last post - but for good reason. We're currently in Nampa, Idaho (just west of Boise), and Amy and I are taking a candidacy course through MAF-US. You might be wondering, "Candidacy course...didn't you already take one of those & aren't you already accepted into MAF? I'm confused..." Well, the answer is: We did take a MAF (Canada) candidacy course last spring and were accepted into MAFC. Following that, MAFC loaned us to MAF-US, and as part of our pre-field prep we're taking their candidacy course. A little confusing I'll admit, but all for a good purpose.

I don't miss the -25 degrees C or the snow shovelling (I sound like a poser Canadian saying that - but it's true). It has been super enjoyable for both Amy and I down here, we've met some really really neat people, including all the folks taking the course with us and also all the staff here. Each day has been informative and encouraging. Ten other families from all different parts of North America are taking the course with us, including pilots, mechanics, administrators, and teachers. It is so neat to hear all their stories of how God has led them up to this point. We're super excited to get back home to BC to continue on with raising support for our ministry with MAF!

MAF-US head office, just across the street from the MAF guest housing. The MAF Hangar is just in behind this building.

Our home away from home...for 2 weeks now, and 10 more weeks later this year. We're really thankful to have such nice guest housing 50 ft. from the offices!

Luke and Simon checking out the remains of Nate Saint's Piper aircraft situated in the front lobby area of MAF's office building. This is the same aircraft Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and three other missionaries used to try and reach the Waodani Natives in the Jungles of Ecuador. In 1956, all five missionaries were killed and the plane was destroyed and left on the beach. In the early 90's the remains of the plane were found buried in a sand bar, and now are on display here in Nampa.

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